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The ITTO Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, an output of the ITTO Market Information Service (MIS), is published in English every two weeks with the aim of improving transparency in the international tropical timber market. The TTM provides market trends and trade news from around the world, as well as indicative prices for over 400 tropical timber and added-value products.



1-15 August 2011

Top story

Congo adopts Brazilian technology for monitoring forests 

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has adopted the technology developed by the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE), for satellite-based forest monitoring system.

The goal of the government of the DRC is to use the results to design and implement national forest policies.

DRC has the second largest tropical forest resource in the world, after Brazil. The operation and utilisation of the Brazilian satellite monitoring system has been promoted in several countries but the DRC is the first country to adopt the Brazilian technology.

Also in this issue

  • West African exporters concerned about year end market  prospects 
  • African manufactured product exports double  
  • Booming furniture sector in northeastern Brazil   
  • China’s trade in wood products records strong growth in the first half of 2011  
  • June plywood statistic show imports continued to increase  
  • Changes to the CE marking regime
  • EU SMEs largely unaware of EUTR issues   
  • US manufacturers shift attention to the home renovation sector

Data snapshot


Planted forest area brazil eucalyptus pine SFM

Source: ECA calculations from IMF (2009a) and IMF (2009b).

The economies of African countries have rebounded from the lows experienced during the global financial crisis period. According to the IMF and the most recently published African Economic Outlook, the average rate of growth of African countries rose to almost 5% in 2010, up from the 3% in 2009.

Political events in North Africa and uncertainty over the impact of the EU financial crisis and the global effect of the Japanese natural disaster could dampen the continent’s growth in 2011.

Assuming the global economy can withstand the possible shocks, Africa’s average growth is expected to increase further in 2012. The current economic recovery in Africa is welcome news as it will help alleviate the high level of unemployment in many countries.

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